Zeca Afonso

1929 - 1987

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José Manuel Cerqueira Afonso dos Santos (2 August 1929 – 23 February 1987), known professionally as José Afonso and also popularly known as Zeca Afonso or simply Zeca, was a Portuguese singer-songwriter. One of the most influential folk and protest musicians in the history of Portugal, he became an icon in Portugal due to the role of his music in the resistance against the dictatorial Estado Novo regime. Afonso's song "Grândola, Vila Morena" was used as a radio-broadcast signal by the Portuguese Armed Forces during their military coup operation in the morning of 25 April 1974, which led to the Carnation Revolution and the transition to democracy in Portugal. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Zeca Afonso has received more than 102,539 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 21 in 2019). Zeca Afonso is the 379th most popular singer (up from 403rd in 2019), the 142nd most popular biography from Portugal (up from 151st in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Portuguese Singer.

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  • 25

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 3.42

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.14

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Among singers, Zeca Afonso ranks 379 out of 3,541Before him are Rubén Blades, Chris Brown, Pinetop Perkins, Alizée, Fritz Wunderlich, and Frankie Valli. After him are Kim Wilde, Neda Ukraden, Šaban Šaulić, Denny Doherty, Lee Hazlewood, and Anette Olzon.

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Among people born in 1929, Zeca Afonso ranks 135Before him are Joe Pass, Eva Schloss, Olga Tass, Peter Yates, Michael Michai Kitbunchu, and Anne Ramsey. After him are Lee Hazlewood, Muhammad Said Ramadan al-Bouti, Jimmy Cobb, David Kelly, Milton Glaser, and Amitai Etzioni. Among people deceased in 1987, Zeca Afonso ranks 66Before him are Morton Feldman, Joop den Uyl, Maxwell D. Taylor, Gordon Gollob, Einar Gerhardsen, and J. P. Guilford. After him are Mahadevi Varma, Carlos José Castilho, Américo Tomás, Will Sampson, Andrei Mironov, and Maria von Trapp.

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In Portugal

Among people born in Portugal, Zeca Afonso ranks 142 out of 479Before him are Eleanor of Portugal, Queen of Aragon (1328), Artur Jorge (1946), Paulo Futre (1966), António Vieira (1608), Álvaro Cunhal (1913), and Pedro Mascarenhas (1484). After him are Mafalda of Portugal (1197), Theresa of Portugal, Queen of León (1178), Ferdinand the Holy Prince (1402), Ricardo Quaresma (1983), Gil Eanes (null), and Américo Tomás (1894).

Among SINGERS In Portugal

Among singers born in Portugal, Zeca Afonso ranks 3Before him are Amália Rodrigues (1920) and Carmen Miranda (1909). After him are Carlos do Carmo (1939), Mísia (1955), Dulce Pontes (1969), Simone de Oliveira (1938), Salvador Sobral (1989), Paulo de Carvalho (1947), Lio (1962), Carlos Mendes (1947), and Teresa Salgueiro (1969).